Cleaning, laundry, picking up, driving to work, mowing the lawn, grocery shopping .... the list goes on. What you consider a chore is highly unique to you but there area few "chores" that seem to rise to the top. As a professional cleaner and educator on the happy healthy home. Cleaning is the one I hear the most. Since we spend our lives doing chores, wouldn't it be wise of us to make friends... sooner than later
"All work is important. All work is of value. The Amish honor what we would call the process and the product. Both. For them it's all connected. ..... There is no need to rush to get one thing over so you can get on to something more important. .... The Amish approach everything they do with the same attitude. They had shown me that any type of work could be meaningful. It is the spirit in which you do it that makes the difference".
Notes from the book Plain and Simple by Sue Bender (click to order - great read!!)
This book was recommended to me by Dana P. Thank you Dana. In December of 2008 she and I had a great conversation about chores, joy and practicing. This book and our conversation have stayed with me and inspired me for over 10 plus years.
So how do you turn your chores into rich space to live? I have thought and played with this idea for years. And to be honest, when I'm flowing in my life it is easy. When I'm struggling in my life I lean on these chores to ground me and give me rhythm. When I'm overbooked, rushing around and stressed I hope I remember to use my chores as space to breathe and relax. This is the practice- remembering and then doing. As Sue says in her book... "it isn't what I'm doing but the spirit in which I do that makes all the difference."
This practice is personal. What you consider a chore is highly personal to you. The question to ask yourself is... what do you dread? What do you find irritating, exhausting or boring? What is a waste of your time and energy? Pick a chore. Play with it and see if you can't improve your relationship.
Tips for making a chore a gift....
1. Give it space. What we don't value we don't give space in our lives. This translates to rushing, sticking our chores in to small spaces, odd times and no energy. If you need to clean or mow. Then give it space to do so. When you have space you will naturally relax.
2. Un-Judge your tasks. Everything you do is important. Projects, making money and having fun may seem more important and they are important but consider chores as a balance. Chores are grounding, rhythmic and nourishing activities that support you and relax your nervous system.
3. Use this time and space to play, to create to practice. We tend to always be busy. Are you looking for time to meditate, to create, to exercise or just be? Well consider using your daily and weekly chores as time to hold your posture, to breathe, to relax, to wonder and ponder. The possibilities of what you can do with this time is infinite.
We all need time and space to breathe.
As always, I wish you inspired travels.
Home and Personal Coach